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Former funeral home director sentenced to probation, restitution

Sheffield given 10 years probation Paul A. Romer January 31, 2008 Temple-Telegram.com http://www.temple-telegram.com/story/2008/01/31/46766 BELTON – Wade Sheffield was sentenced to 10 years probation Wednesday, avoiding jail time after he pleaded guilty in 264th District Court to mismanaging the trust fund a woman had willed to charity. The judgment allows the 71-year-old Sheffield to continue working Keep Reading…

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Manhattan doctor accused of fleecing mother out of $800,000

Prosecutors are calling it an Astor copycat case Anemona Hartocollis January 24, 2008 The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/24/nyregion/24badson.html?em&ex=1201323600&en=f8097f5b2304a0b6&ei=5087%0A As with Brooke Astor, the late socialite and philanthropist, there is a son who took care of his elderly mother, and relatives who claim that he mistreated her. In the latest case, an Upper East Side doctor, Keep Reading…

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Lawyers feel pressured by personal plea of rookie judge in fundraising letters

Probate Judge Sanctioned Zuckerman Sought Campaign Money From Lawyers Appearing Before Him Kim Martineau (kmartineau@courant.com) January 12, 2008 The Hartford Courant http://fox61.trb.com/news/local/hc-madjudge0112.artjan12,0,1602734.story MADISON — — A local probate judge who solicited campaign cash from lawyers appearing in his courtroom has agreed to disqualify himself from hearing any contested matters those lawyers may have, the state Keep Reading…

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I object! I sustain me!

Local Judge Suspended for Dual Role as Jurist and Lawyer in Three Cases Douglas S. Malan January 7, 2008 The Connecticut Law Tribune New York Lawyer – News Watch Richard J. Guliani’s 16-year term as probate judge for the District of Portland included his handling three cases in which he served not only as judge Keep Reading…

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Astor lawyer clients left him bequests

Serge F. Kovaleski and Colin Moynihan January 4, 2008 The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/04/nyregion/04morrissey.html?_r=1&em&ex=1199595600&en=5174fff7e9ab1c76&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin Elisabeth von Knapitsch may not have known Brooke Astor, and Ms. von Knapitsch’s fortune — $15 million — was certainly modest compared with Mrs. Astor’s legendary wealth. But these two doyennes of Park Avenue did have someone in common during their Keep Reading…

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